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When Leigh Dobbins and her sister Anne Brasfield decided to open the Shops at 5807, they did what any smart sisters would do: They made a shopping list.

Dobbins loves clothes, jewelry and coffee; while gift items, a good spot for lunch and fine art were all on Brasfield's list. They put the word out to shops and boutiques from all over the state.

By last month's grand opening, The Shops at 5807 — named for the address, 5807 Patterson Ave. — was home to 21 merchants and artists selling everything from fox and crocodile handbags from Argentina to bags of miniature marshmallows labeled "Ghost Poop" for Halloween. Dobbins jokes that they could call it the "shop-a-deli."

Of course there's home décor too. Such a shop formerly occupied the space, so it came conveniently outfitted with black ceilings and track lighting, and was divided into small rooms and vignettes that lent themselves to market stalls. Despite the distractions so many stores under one roof might present, a warm and girly color scheme pulls it all together and helps visitors flow easily through the space. HS

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